We report here studies on the cerebral mechanisms of conscious deceptive and honest manipulative actions. Analysis of cause-effect relationships showed that the execution of both deceptive and honest actions with the aim of manipulating the opinion of an opponent was characterized by a bottom-up interaction between components of the frontostriate system: the caudate nuclei modulated the activity of the prefrontal cortex. This result confirms the hypothesis that the cerebral error detection (ED) mechanism is involved in selection of the appropriate version of an action during execution of manipulative actions.
Scopus subject areas
- dynamic cause-effect modeling
- error detector
- frontostriate system